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NanoRelease Food Additive


July 2014: The expert groups of the NanoRelease Food Additive project have accomplished a set of exceptional publications regarding measurement methods to evaluate nanomaterials in food, nanomaterials in food contact materials, and nanomaterial uptake in the gastrointestinal system.
Links to the publications and more information on the expert groups of this project are provided here
Authors of these publications include the following experts:
Amy Clippinger (Peta)
Andrew Bartholomaeus (Univ. of Canberra & Univ. of Queensland)
Andrew Whelton (Univ. of South Alabama)
Chady Stephan (PerkinElmer)
Christopher DeMerlis (Colorcon, Inc.)
Christopher Szakal (US NIST)
Cristina Sabliov (Louisiana State Univ.)
David Carlander (Nanotech. Industries Association)
David Julian McClements (Univ. of Massachusetts)
Eva Maria Collnot (Saarland Univ., Germany)
Genevieve Bondy, David Lefebvre, Rekha Mehta, Jayadev Raju, Gurmit Singh (Health Canada)
Hans Bouwmeester (RIKILT, NanoLyse)
Heather Alger (Pew Charitable Trusts)
Ian  Illuminato (Friends of the Earth, US)
James Oxley (Southwest Research Inst.)
Koen Venema (TNO Netherlands)
Lekh Juneja (Taiyo Kagaku, Japan)
Lourdes Gombau, Gemma Janer, Socorro Vazquez-Campos (Leitat Tech. Center, Spain)
Mengshi Lin (Univ. of Missouri)
Michael Rogers (Rutgers, State University of New Jersey, US) 
Neil Buck (ILSI Europe Novel Foods and Nanotechnology Task Force)
Paul Westerhoff (Arizona State Univ.)
Qixin Zhong (Univ. of Tennessee)
R. Paul SIngh (Univ. of California Davis)
Richard Canady, Lyubov Tsytsikova (Neutral Science)
Rickey Yada (Univ. of Guelph, Canada)
Steve Roberts (University of Florida)
Timothy Duncan,Dragan Momcilovic, Gregory Noonan, Scott Thurmond, Luis Valerio, Jeffrey Yourick (US Food and Drug Admin.)
Vicki Stone (Heriot-Watt Univ.)
Apri 2013: At the April 16, 2013 NanoRelease Food Additive Webinar, Task Groups 1-5 presented their findings as relevant to the development of measurement methods for assessing the oral uptake of engineered nanomaterials.​













The NanoRelease Food Additive project will identify, evaluate, and develop methods needed to confidently detect, characterize, and evaluate intentionally produced nanoparticles released from food along the alimentary tract, as occurring through direct food additives or indirect incorporation in food through migration from food contact materials or environmental contamination.



  • Compile studies, methods, and guidelines relevant to understanding release of added engineered nanomaterials from food matrices.
  • Identify the critical measurement methodologies for understanding risk-relevant exposures to engineered nanomaterials in foods.
  • Identify gaps where additional methods development is needed.
  • Design and carryout methods-development plans to fill gaps so that generally accepted and useful methods are available.
  • Ruggedize the methods so that they can be confidently used across laboratories.  
  • Where warranted and feasible, submit methods to a standards development organization. ​   




























Details regarding the complete project cope and potential task groups are available in the following sections.